“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. “
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls, who, on finding one pearl of great value, went and sold all that he had and bought it. “Matthew 13:44-46
My 8-year-old son is a treasure hunter. He loves to dig in my dad’s scrap metal trash can. He took Styrofoam from my in-laws after they purchased a new table and a created a shield. He roots around in our burn pile looking for items that survived the fires. All of it is treasure (to him). And it is a joy to watch him show off what he’s found.
Through watching my son’s treasure hunts, it has given me a new sense of understanding of two of Jesus’ parables that refer to treasure. The visits to my dad’s house are always focused (for my son) on that scrap metal trash can. He digs with intentionality and purpose while on the hunt in our burn pile. He is always looking for other people’s trash to be his next treasure.
Jesus shares with us in these two parables that the kingdom of heaven or eternity with God is worthy of being sought after like my son hunts after trash (I mean treasure). The kingdom of heaven should be sought after as our number 1 priority. We should have a singular focus on Jesus as our king and put his priorities before our own. Jesus says eternity with God is worth giving up everything we possess and all we desire to pursue his kingdom with every breath and muscle we have.
It’s easy to rationalize that we are doing enough. My son is a good example of this as well. He is never satisfied. Every visit at my dad’s, every chance encounter with Styrofoam. Every time the burn pile cools off enough, the hunt is on. We should never be satisfied with our position. The kingdom of God is ever before us, and Jesus, in these parables tells us to keep marching towards it and don’t stop. It will be totally worth it in the end.